Science doesn’t dig graffiti as it threatens to etch out proof of ancient life

‘Education, awareness key to saving evidence of human, animal life dating back hundreds of thousands of years’

11 April 2021 - 17:57

“Miracle” is a term not often thrown around in academic circles, but when it comes to the hundreds of fossilised tracks — human and animal — embedded in rocks across SA’s coastline, it seems appropriate.

First, they’re old. Exceptionally old. The youngest are about 30,000 years old, and most of the fossil trackways are between 90,000 and 130,000 years old. But there are examples of fossils that are 400,000 years old and 720,000 years old (at Dana Bay and inside a cave at Pinnacle Point, both outside Mossel Bay, respectively)...

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